In a pioneering reinterpretation of the role of mainstream feminism, Eisenstein shows how the ruling elites of developed countries utilize women's labor and the ideas of women's liberation and empowerment to maintain their economic and political power, both at home and abroad. Her explorations range from the abolition of "welfare as we know it" and the ending of the family wage in the United States to the creation of export-processing zones in the global South that depend on women's "nimble fingers"; and from the championing of microcredit as a path to women's empowerment in the global South to the claim of women's presumed liberation in the West as an ideological weapon in the war on terrorism. Eisenstein challenges activists and intellectuals to recognize that international feminism is at a fateful crossroads, and argues that it is crucial for feminists to throw in their lot with the progressive forces that are seeking alternatives to globalized corporate capitalism.
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About the Author
Hester Eisenstein is Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her previous books include Contemporary Feminist Thought (1983) and Inside Agitators: Australian Femocrats and the State (1996). She has taught at Yale, Barnard, and SUNY–Buffalo, and served as a “femocrat” in the state government of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction: How I Came to Write This Book Chapter 1 Globalization and Women's Labor Chapter 2 Women, Work, and the Mainstreaming of Feminism Chapter 3 Fault Lines of Race and Class Chapter 4 In the United States: A Political and Economic Sea-Change Chapter 5 In the Global South: "Women" Replace Development Chapter 6 Islamophobia and the Global War on Terror Conclusion References About the Author